People and Practices – June 2022

June 1st, 2022

Compiled by Shireen Mahomed

Graham Cox (1932 – 2022)

Obituary: Legal practitioner and founder of Cox Yeats, Graham Cox, passed away on Friday, 6 May 2022, several days before his 90th birthday in Durban. He had been battling pneumonia for several weeks. Mr Cox was well recognised in the Durban legal fraternity and the community as a highly respected commercial lawyer.

Mr Cox was born on 21 May 1932 in Bloemfontein, he attended Bishops Diocesan College and later the University of Cape Town. In 1964, Mr Cox founded the firm and in 1967, Jeremy Yeats joined as a partner. Mr Cox was a past president of the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society during 1981-1982 and Chairperson of the Association of Law Societies in 1985. He was a past Chairperson of the Council of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a past Council member of the Business Law Section of the International Bar Association and a fellow of the Association of Arbitrators.

During his time of active practice, Mr Cox specialised in Business Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estate Planning and Construction Law. Mr Cox continued to actively practice law and take care of his clients until the age of 80. He leaves behind his son Ian, daughters Helen and Pamela, their spouses Lindsey, John and Ian, and eight grandchildren.

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This article was first published in De Rebus in 2022 (May) DR 8.

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